Signing Ceremony of the Exchange of Notes for Grant Aid for “Economic and Social Development Programme”


     On 27th August 2019, Mr. Hidenobu Sobashima, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Zambia, and the Hon. Dr. Bwalya K.E. Ng’andu, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Zambia, signed the Exchange of Notes for the Grant Assistance for Economic and Social Development Programme in the Ministry of Finance in Lusaka. This Programme aims to procure health centre kits of essential drugs, amounting to up to 300 million Japanese Yen or almost 3 million US Dollars.
     Currently medical facilities in Zambia need more health centre kits, which are important medical supplies that support local medical care, and solving this problem is an urgent issue affecting the lives of the people. Thus the Government of Japan decided to provide this grant assistance with a view to the problem’s early resolution. This assistance from the Government of Japan is part of Japan’s contribution arising out of TICAD7 held in Yokohama,Japan from 28th to 30th August in which H.E. Dr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia participated.
     This assistance is expected to contribute to promoting Universal Health Coverage, aimed to provide basic health services to every individual at an affordable cost in Zambia.
     The Economic and Social Development Programme is a scheme of grant assistance intended to support developing countries that aim to promote socio-economic development such as poverty reduction.
     To read the speech made by Ambassador Sobashima at this ceremony, please click here.